BEVO BEAT

OL flips to Texas

Posted January 21st, 2014

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A handful of recruits the new Texas staff has targeted came to Austin on official visits over the weekend. Charlie Strong and his staff are using the final three weeks before national signing day to acquaint themselves with inherited recruits, plus add some key pieces using relationships made at previous schools.

Monday brought the first domino when Louisiana offensive guard Alex Anderson flipped his pledge from Arizona State to Texas.

The three-star lineman visited Austin Thursday through Saturday, then Arizona State after that. The impression Texas made on Anderson was enough to get its 22nd pledge in the 2014 class.

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Anderson (New Orleans (La.) Landry-Walker) held offers from Oklahoma State, Florida and Florida State among others. Offensive coordinator Joe Wickline is credited with the win for Texas – his familiarity with Anderson from recruiting him at Oklahoma State was key.

247Sports Composite lists Anderson as the 49th overall player in Louisiana. The Texas class is rated 12th in the country, first in the Big 12.

Anderson is only the second lineman in UT’s current class, joining Jasper’s Terrell Cuney. The offensive line wasn’t a top priority in this class for Texas; the Longhorns took five linemen in 2013.

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